Anthony Stokes insists he wanted Celtic to win Scottish League Cup semi-final even though Hoops victory would rule him out of final

The forward is on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes has insisted that he did want Celtic to win their Scottish League Cup semi-final, despite the fact that a victory for Ronny Deila's side would have ruled him out of the final, the Daily Record reports.

The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, who also reached the last four of the competition. Unlike Celtic however - who fell to a surprise defeat to Ross County - Alan Stubbs' men booked their place in the final with a victory over St Johnstone. 

And while Celtic's exit means that Stokes will now be able to feature in the final next month (via Record), he insisted that he never wanted the Hoops to be knocked out. 

"I wanted Celtic to win on Sunday. I always want Celtic to do well in every game they play," he told the Record.

"I'm a Celtic supporter but it's obviously difficult for me at the moment because I am at Hibs and my whole focus is on Hibs and to help them to do well as they possibly can this season."

While the former Sunderland man insisted that he did not want his parent club to lose, he may now look at the Hampden Park showdown as the perfect opportunity to send a message to Deila. 

Stokes has previously spoken of his desire to use his time at Easter Road as a chance to prove himself (via Daily Mail), and while he has made a blistering start with the club - scoring a goal in each of his two appearances - it may take a final against Premiership opposition to make Deila sit up and take notice of what the striker could bring upon his return to Parkhead at the end of the season.

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